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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

up to 2.75 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Hicks Lodge National Forest

This trail takes you into the young woodland around Hicks Lodge, there are stops along the way for you to relax with a picnic and enjoy the views. The Zig-Zags take you down on to the long loop, or you can head back to the visitor centre on the short loop. Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs as well as cycles.

Short Loop: 2km (1.25 miles)
Long Loop: 2.5km (1.5 miles)
Short and Long Loop: 4.5km (2.75miles) 




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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Educational
  • Visitor centre
  • Arts
  • Look out for one of six Noon Columns that are dotted across The National Forest.
  • Cycling
  • A cycle route links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock.
  • Fishing
  • Allowed on Goss Water by permit. Contact the office on 01889 586593.
  • Horse riding
  • A Bridleway links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock. See OS Explorer Map 245 for more details.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The National Trust owned Staunton Harold Chapel is accessible from the car park.
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering is an activity that improves map reading and navigational skills. You can run, jog or walk courses of various lengths and difficulty and it is enjoyed by all ages from under 5 to over 90. Free maps and information from Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
  • Picnic
  • There are 3 picnic areas within the grounds.
  • Play area
  • The site has an outdoor adventure play ground with equipment designed for all ages as well as a natural play area and indoor soft play facility for younger children.
  • Walking
  • Three public footpaths already run through this new planting site and new footpaths will be created to take walkers through the new planting as well as the existing woodland.
  • Wildlife
  • A Bird Hide over looks Stonebridge Pool and a seasonal wetland scrape.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK 329 155
Postcode: LE65 2UP

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